Taxon: Eriochloa polystachya Kunth

Genus: Eriochloa
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Paniceae
Subtribe: Melinidinae
Nomen number: 15616
Place of publication: F. W. H. A. von Humboldt et al., Nov. gen. sp. 1:79[folio]; 1:95[quarto], t. 31. 1816
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 04-May-1993 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 25-Aug-2004
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Carib grass  (Source: Grass US) - English
  • Caribbean cup grass  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • capim-angolinha  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • capim-da-várzea  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • capim-ratão  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • yerba de Caribe  (Source: Cavanillesia Alt) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: fodder (fide F Mesoamer)
  • Animal food: forage (fide F Mesoamer)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (noxious in Indonesia fide Weeds Rice Indonesia)

Distributional Range:



  • Northern America

    • Mexico
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Cuba ; Guadeloupe ; Jamaica ; Puerto Rico
    • Central America: Costa Rica ; Honduras
    • Northern South America: French Guiana ; Guyana ; Suriname ; Venezuela
    • Western South America: Colombia ; Ecuador ; Peru

  • Naturalized

  • Northern America

    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Florida

  • Cultivated


  • Adams, C. Flowering plants of Jamaica. 1972 (F Jam)
  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45. 1993 (L Peru)
  • Catasús Guerra, L. J. 2002. Las gramíneas (Poaceae) de Cuba, II Cavanillesia Altera 3:1-163.
  • Davidse, G. et al., eds. Flora mesoamericana. (F Mesoamer)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  • Görts-van Rijn, A. R. A., ed. Flora of the Guianas. (F Guianas)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Hitchcock, A. S. Manual of the grasses of the United States, ed. 2. (Grass US)
  • León (J. S. Sauget) & Alain (E. E. Liogier) Flora de Cuba. 1946-1962; suppl. (F CubaLeon)
  • Liogier, H. A. & L. F. Martorell Flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands: a systematic synopsis. (F PR)
  • Shaw, R. B. & R. Webster 1987. The genus Eriochloa (Poaceae: Paniceae) in North and Central America (Sida) 12:193.
  • Soerjani, M. et al., eds. 1987. Weeds of rice in Indonesia. (Weeds Rice Indonesia) 428.


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